I just think that when promotions like these get exploited, you encourage the company to avoid promotions like this in the future. I'm not sure if Gamestop has some kind of deal set up with Sony or what, but surely there's a reason why the trade promotion only applies toward a new PS4. This is by far the most I've seen Gamestop give for the system since well before the PS4 came out, and considering they're selling several models of the PS3s they're buying for less than the $175 we'll definitely never see this again.
Again, when trade promotions get exploited, the frequency of trade promotions are reduced. If you read the SD thread, you'll see people boating that they've traded dozens of systems and used them toward shell/amazon gift cards. Just think about it from the perspective of the company and pure margin. There is without a doubt no way there is significant margin on those cards and if Gamestop picks up that people are exploiting these trade promotions only to return and buy prepaid cards, they won't have promotions like this in the future. People who exploit the system ruin it for people who genuinely would use the promotion.
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